“Regular attendees at Ex Cathedra Concerts will expect imaginative and clever use of the space. This concert did not disappoint. From the back of the Church the evening opened with a full-toned rendition of Roger’s Hymnus Eucharistus. The choir then moved to surround us for David Matthews’ Dawn Chorus; an evocative work requiring, from a handful of soloists, dazzling coloratura technique to mimic the call of birds, and we recognised many, if not all.
“This was an evening characterised by controlled singing, music of many contrasts and a beautifully balanced and structured programme; a programme which mixed the very familiar with the less well known. This varied selection of music showcased the choir’s ability to deliver a wide and apposite range of tonal colours.
“The tight dissonant harmonies of Joubert elicited powerful and well balanced blocks of choral sound. The interpretation of Britten’s Five Flower Songs was characterised by purity of tone and precision. The music of Vaughan Williams, Delius and Elgar was performed with a rich, lush tone and plenty of fruity bass resonance.
“Diction throughout was impeccable and the attention to the details of punctuation impressive. The evident rapport between conductor and singers facilitated performances of tremendous detail and nuance….
“The evening ended with an encore by Parry: a taster for their forthcoming Cheltenham Festival concert at Tewksbury Abbey. On the basis of tonight’s performance, an event not to be missed.”
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